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To learn more about environmental history and land use legacy visit the Havard Forest LTERS website.

GA Trivia:

GA is home to over 40 snake species, of which the vast majority are non-venomous.

Snakes of SE


Craig and Diana Barrow

Craig and Diana Barrow continue the preservation and stewardship of Wormsloe through the Wormsloe Foundation. As a direct descendent of Noble Jones, the 18th century settler of Wormsloe, Craig represents the ninth generation to oversee this unique site. They currently reside on-site in the family's early 19th century house.




Research Faculty

MMadden TJordan  
Marguerite Madden Tommy Jordan Paul Sutter
KParker AParker
Ervan Garrison Kathy Parker Al Parker
Andy Davis  
Andy Davis and Sonia Altizer  

Wormsloe Fellows (Current)

Alyssa Gehman (Ph.D., Ecology) works with parasites and their hosts that live in the marshes of coastal Georgia.  She is interested in how host-parasite interactions will change with the increasing temperatures.  There is some evidence that parasite reproduction will increase with increasing temperatures, which could lead to a world with more parasites and disease.  More recent work has started to show that parasites can have non-linear responses to temperature.  Alyssa is interested in understanding the physiological responses of both the host and its parasite to environmental change.  She hopes to use this information to create framework to help predict how parasites will respond to climate change. 

Alyssa studies an invasive barnacle that parasitizes mud crabs. When the parasite has established its adult infection, the host is castrated, and if it happens to be male it will be morphologically changed into a female (female crabs are also castrated, but they get to stay female).  Once established the crab will live the rest of its life producing parasite offspring.  

Alyssa is a PhD candidate in the Odum School of Ecology working with Dr. Jeb Byers.  She found her first love of the ocean while growing up in Seattle, Washington.  Alyssa graduated with a B.A. in biology at Colorado College in 2005 and went on to receive a M.S. in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University in 2008.  She spent two years working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute as a research technician and lab manager before moving to Georgia to pursue a PhD.

Ania Majeska (Ph.D., Ecology).  Ania's fascination with nature began in childhood and motivated her to pursue a career in ecology. After completing a bachelor’s in Biology at Boston University she contributed as an assistant and crew leader to various field studies. Through these projects, Ania gained valuable skills ranging from luring Grizzly Bears, capturing songbirds, and trapping small mammals to conducting vegetation surveys. Her extensive research experience prepared her for Master’s research, which she completed in 2010 at the University of Montana. Over the years, Aniaformed strong interests in conservation and disease ecology, which she has developed into a very intriguing PhD project. She is pursuing her PhD at Odum School of Ecology under the supervision of Dr. Sonia Altizer and Dr. Andy Davis. Her project is examining the effects of pollinator gardens on four common species of butterflies (

Alessandro Pasqua (Ph.D Geography) is a PhD student in Geography and operates at the Center for Geospatial Research (CGR) at the University of Georgia led by Drs. Madden and Jordan. His dissertation focuses on the investigation of rice cultivation at Wormsloe to understand whether rice was ever cultivated on the property. In particular, his dissertation involves the use of remote sensing techniques – such as terrestrial laser scanning and unmanned aerial vehicles – as well as archaeological methods consisting in phytolith analysis and flotation of soil samples to analyze evidence of rice cultivation. 

His academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Milan (Italy), and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Politecnico di Milano University (Italy). Furthermore, as part of his Master’s degree, he spent one academic year as an exchange student at the University of the West of England in Bristol, UK.

Sean W. Dunlap (Master of Landscape Architecture, College of Environment and Design) is working on the Wormsloe National Register of Historic Places Nomination Update.  His project entails updating the 1973 National Register of Historic Places nomination for Wormsloe Historic Site. Recent research has shown that Wormsloe may qualify for a revised level of significance, boosting the site from state level to national level. The revision will include an assessment of areas of historic significance, dates of historic significance, nomination boundary, and integrity of resources. Findings will be sent to the State Historic Preservation Office in Atlanta for official review.
Sean’s professional goal is to help foster public appreciation of, and scholarly engagement with, cultural landscapes. He is also interested in Piedmont prairies, regional-specific folk craft, vernacular yards and gardens, environmental art, experimental music, and river corridors. 


Wormsloe Fellows (Alumni)

Paul Cady (MLA, College of Environment and Design) is writing a Cultural Landscape Report (CLR) for the slave cabin area, estate house, farm complex, and fort house ruins sections of Wormsloe.  This document, based on historic research, will serve as a guide for future preservation activities on site.  

Paul is a second year MLA (masters in landscape architecture) student at the University of Georgia.  He has his undergraduate degree from Cornell University in plant science and was working as a horticulturist for a variety of public gardens before starting the program at UGA.


Holly Campbell (M.S., Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources) is a 2013-2014 Wormsloe Fellow.  Holly's research project combines soil sampling, geophysical survey, ArcGIS, and environmental education to investigate how human activity and natural forces have influenced present day soil conditions at Wormsloe Historic Site.  Overall, her project examines how human activity leaves an imprint on the landscape; investigates the influence of recent geologic history on soil formation; and communicates the human and environmental history of Wormsloe to the public through its soils.  The environmental education component of Holly's project involves the creation of soil profile displays, called soil monoliths, for exhibit at Wormsloe Historic Site in Savannah, Georgia.

Before returning to graduate school, Holly worked fifteen years as a landscape gardener and farmer.  Her landscape company focused on edible and wildlife-attracting gardens, as well as soil development.  Three years preceding Holly’s return to graduate school, she designed and managed a diverse fruit and nut farm in Gaffney, SC.  Holly's interest in human-environment interactions and the sustainable use of natural resources guided her previous career and is at the foundation of her current research in graduate school.  Her future career interests are natural resource consultation and education.  Holly holds a BSA in horticulture from UGA and is currently pursuing a MS at Warnell with a focus in soil science.


NOHareNancy O’Hare’s memorable moments are rooted in nature: hiking mountain trails in Romania, gently drifting in a kayak in Florida Bay with a manatee for company, or a picnic along the Big Sur coast cheering on the crashing waves. Her deep connection with nature was forged by growing up in rural Michigan where she spent countless hours wandering in the woods, flipping over rocks and logs, dangling her toes in the creek or looking for wildflowers. Time in nature teaches those willing to learn lessons of adaptability, adversity, and the paradox of change and timelessness.

After completing her Bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University, she moved to Miami, Florida and earned her Master’s degree from Florida International University. After completing her Master’s degree, she co-founded a biological consulting specializing in wetland restoration issues in the Everglades, working with both plants and wildlife. She spent 12 years as co-leader studying one of the largest wetland mitigation/restoration projects in the USA.

It was on this project that she started merging her interests of the natural world with maps and GIS. In the Everglades, subtle differences in elevation (less 3 feet) defined upland versus wetland habitat, each with their own distinctive flora and fauna. She came to appreciate the effect of between yearly differences in weather (wet versus dry years) and short-duration but highly intense single events (hurricanes) on individual species. More importantly, she began to understand relationships between past and current conditions. Her current interest is melding the viewpoints of individual species with the larger geographic context and chance events that shape the current patterns that we see.


Emily Cornelius is a 2011-2013 Wormsloe Fellow and a M.S. student in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. Her thesis work focuses on the energetic trade-offs that occur within migratory songbirds during the fall migration. As birds migrate they must store an immense amount of fat to fly the long-distance to their wintering ground, and thus other physiological needs are over-looked, such as the ability to fight off parasite or disease infection. 

Emily grew up in Southwest Michigan where she didn’t discover her strong interest in the outdoors until a study abroad trip to Panama in 2009! She went on to receive a B.S. from Michigan State University (MSU) in Zoology: Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. While at MSU, she worked in the Avian Health and Disease Ecology laboratory in the Fisheries and Wildlife department for two years. It was while working in this lab that she developed her passion for birds and disease research. After coming to UGA, she discovered her love of migration ecology, which perfectly aligned with her passion for avian research.

In the future, Emily hopes to further her knowledge of animal migration and zoonoses by continuing on and pursuing a PhD in a similar field.

Wes Ryals is a 2011-2013 Wormsloe Fellow and a MLA candidate in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia.  Wes holds a BS in history from Georgia Southern University.  Following his passion for the environment, he returned to school in 2007 to pursue a degree from the University of Georgia in landscape architecture—an integrative profession, which synthesizes knowledge from a variety of fields and disciplines.  Wes’s studies in landscape architecture have allowed him to draw upon his experiences in historical research, environmental science, education, and recreation:  prior to returning to UGA, Wes served as a backcountry hiking instructor for the High Rocks camp for boys in Brevard, North Carolina, and a special education instructor in Macon, Georgia. 

Wes’s involvement with Wormsloe stems from an initial 2009 master-planning workshop, which spurred his interest in continuing with the property to explore landscape planning and design issues.  His work with Wormsloe has earned state and national recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

Wes also has been actively involved in the Cultural Landscape Laboratory (CLL) in the College of Environment and Design, where his work has fostered a convergence of past experience with history and landscape architecture to examine the interwoven layers of ecology, cultural history, and historical land use practices through the lens of environmental history.  He has also contributed to many of the geographic information system (GIS) data layers for existing features, boundaries, and significant vegetation that will be pertinent to assessing the historical integrity of Wormsloe.  Wes’s thesis research focuses on exploring the affordances of digital technologies for augmenting visitor experiences and aiding in cultural heritage interpretation.  Wormsloe will serve as a principal case study in this exploration.

DSwasonDrew Swanson served as a Wormsloe Fellow from 2008-2010. Drew is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Georgia, with a focus on environmental and agricultural history. He received an M.A. in American history from Appalachian State University and a B.S. in naturalist biology and history from Lees-McRae College. He is currently completing an environmental history of Wormsloe plantation, with an emphasis on the transatlantic relationships of the early plantation and the preservation challenges of a managing a historical landscape.

Prior to entering graduate school, Drew worked as Assistant Manager of the Backcountry at Grandfather Mountain Park, in Linville, North Carolina. His articles, reviews, and essays on the southern environment have appeared in a number of publications, including Southern Cultures, Appalachian Journal, and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. His 2009 article, “Fighting over Fencing,” received the Theodore C. Blegen Award from the Forest History Society for the year’s best article on conservation history. Drew lives with his wife, Margaret, and son, Ethan, in Cleveland, Mississippi.


Andrew Parker graduated with an M.S. in  Geography from the University of Georgia in 2011.  His Master's Degree research was on extraction of ground surface models from LiDAR data.

A former Wormsloe Fellow himself, Andrew has created many geographic information system (GIS) data layers from aerial image interpretation, the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, and historical map and document extraction. Working out of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science (CRMS), in the University of Georgia’s Department of Geography, Andrew has augmented and maintained a geodatabase containing imagery, feature points and footprints, boundaries, roads, elevation, land use, and etc. pertinent to Wormsloe.


Carey Burda was the 2010-2011 Wormsloe Fellow. Carey received her Master's of Science in the University of Georgia’s Geography Department. For her thesis project, she used historic maps, vegetation surveys, and light detection and ranging (lidar) applications to compare vegetation patterns and canopy structure between land use legacies at Wormsloe.

Carey received a BS from Western Carolina University in Natural Resources Conservation with a concentration in Landscape Analysis, and a BS from North Carolina State University in Wildlife Management. Before coming to UGA, she worked as a seasonal employee monitoring neotropical migrant nests in the southern Appalachians, observing prairie dog behavior in Utah, studying urban bird populations in New Hampshire, mapping vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway, among other biological and spatially-oriented jobs. She grew up in Mars Hill, North Carolina, where her family instilled her with a deep sense of responsibility in taking care of the land.

Jennifer Pahl was a 2011-2012 Wormsloe Fellow. Jenny is a Ph.D student in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia where she earned her M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development in 2009. Her thesis work focused on the effects of municipal water extraction and drought on an important shoal plant in a Piedmont river. This work, in conjuntion with an ongoing interest in ecological design stemming from her undergraduate experience at the University of Vermont (where she received a BS in Integrated Natural Resources in 2005), has focused her research goals on solving water issues using natural treatment systems.

Today Jenny is researching the effectiveness of constructed wetlands to serve as both wetland mitigation and waste treatment facilities in the coastal plain region of Georgia . At Wormsloe, she is developing an initial constructed wetland design to meet the waste needs of future visitors to the site. She is using LiDAR/GIS to select appropriate locations on site for this future wetland. She will use concurrent work on biological monitoring strategies at the Clayton County Water Authority treatment wetlands in Lovejoy, GA to provide a monitoring plan for the future wetland at Wormsloe.

Carrie Jensen (2010-2011)
assisted with dendrochronology
of pine trees to reconstruct
climate for the past ~100 years.
This was her first research project, and it motivated her to continue her studies at UGA with a Master’s degree. She is currently applying to PhD programs to study hydrology.

Jessica CookJessica Cook began working at
Wormsloe before the Fellows
program officially began,. She,
was one of the inaugural Fellows. Her skills in Anthropology and Archaeology contributed to the interpretation of shell middens and other features . She is currently finishing her PhD in Anthropology at UGA, researching archaeological evidence of past human habitation at Gray’s Reef, when sea levels were lower.